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Coaches shaped Juan Dixon's basketball career. Now it's his turn at Coppin State

Coaches shaped Juan Dixon's basketball career. Now it's his turn at Coppin State

This is the first of a seven-part series previewing local Division I men’s basketball teams. Check back this week and in The Baltimore Sun for a look ahead at Morgan State, Loyola Maryland, UMBC, Towson, Maryland and Navy.

From Anthony Lewis and Mark Amatucci, two stewards of Baltimore basketball, he learned the fundamentals of the sport. From Maryland’s Gary Williams, a Hall of Famer and a father figure, he grasped toughness and teamwork. From the NBA’s Doug Collins and Eddie Jordan and Nate McMillan, he realized what it meant to be a professional in a no-excuses league.

Juan Dixon studied them all during his long playing career, even the coaches he didn’t suit up...

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